Doe v. Woodard

Upon receiving an anonymous tip alleging child abuse, social worker visits Colorado Springs, Colo. preschool, buttonholes 4-year-old girl, strips her, and (over child’s objection) photographs her body—then falsely denies doing so when later confronted by the child’s mom. An unconstitutional search under the Fourth Amendment? Maybe, says the Tenth Circuit. Or maybe not. Don’t know, don’t care. Qualified immunity. Dissent: The social worker “was never aware of facts that could have justified such an intrusive search of a four-year-old girl.”

Tags: 2019, Fourth Amendment, Qualified Immunity, Searches and Seizures, Tenth Circuit

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